|Review: Briargh - Krigas|
Label: Lower Silesian Stronghold
Year released: 2010
Genre: Black Metal
Review online: February 25, 2011
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
This is another one-man outfit on the Lower Silesian Stronghold, only this one is from Spain. This is more mellow, with slower rolling riffs and a smoother guitar sound, very much in the style of older Negura Bunget material mixed with a bit of a Trad Metal/Doom sound like Mael Mordha. The production has some real bottom to it, so the sound manages to be engulfing rather than flat, and the songs are long and moody, creating a real mood of frozen forests and heathen pride. If there is a weakness here it's the vocals, which are mostly in a kind of sotto-intoned style that isn't bad, but doesn't really add much. There's a lot of variety as well, with clean singing, croaking, muttering arc. The singing is pretty good, but the other stuff not so much. This is excellent mood music, and this guy shows real promise for future recordings, as this could evolve into a really great band. Excellent to see that some people still remember that Pagan Metal does not have to mean "polka", and can have some real drama and darkness to it.
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